Sep 19, 2014 - Jacob Vosmaer

GitLab 7.2.2 Security Release and hooks migration

Today we released GitLab 7.2.2. This release addresses a security issue in the .deb packages for GitLab 7.2.x. In addition, the 7.2.2 release includes a hooks migration script that can be used to avoid long downtime during the upgrade to 7.3 for GitLab installations with many (> 1000) repositories.

Insecure file permissions in omnibus-gitlab 7.2.x .deb packages

Due to a regression in omnibus-ruby, the omnibus-gitlab .deb packages for GitLab 7.2.x Community Edition and Enterprise Edition install files with insecure permissions. We advise all users who installed omnibus-gitlab 7.2.x on Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04 or Debian 7 to run the workaround commands below and upgrade to GitLab 7.2.2 as soon as possible. Centos 6 and Centos 7 are not affected by this security vulnerability.

Affected versions

Omnibus-gitlab 7.2.0 CE (Community Edition), omnibus-gitlab 7.2.0 EE (Enterprise Edition), omnibus-gitlab 7.2.1 CE, omnibus-gitlab 7.2.1 EE on Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04 and Debian 7.

Unaffected versions

Installations from source or with cookbook-gitlab and omnibus-gitlab packages for Centos 6 and Centos 7 are not affected by this vulnerability.


Omnibus-gitlab 7.2.0 and newer use omnibus-ruby 3.2.1. Due to a regression, .deb packages (the format used by Debian and Ubuntu) built by omnibus-ruby 3.2.1 use insecure defaults when extracting the package contents causing the files created on the target system to be owned by the numeric uid/gid of the build user on the server the omnibus package was built on, instead of the files being owned by 0/0 (root). This could (theoretically) be exploited by an attacker with the ability to write arbitrary files on your system.


You can check whether your omnibus-gitlab installation is affected with the following command:

ls -lnd /opt/gitlab/embedded/service/gem/ruby/2.1.0/gems/rugged-0.21.0/ /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/ruby

The output should look like:

-rwxr-xr-x 1 0 0 11991 Sep 18 15:02 /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/ruby
drwxrwxr-x 5 0 0  4096 Sep 18 16:04 /opt/gitlab/embedded/service/gem/ruby/2.1.0/gems/rugged-0.21.0/

If you see 1001 1001 (or another non-zero number) instead of 0 0, your omnibus-gitlab installation is affected by this vulnerability.


All users who installed omnibus-gitlab 7.2.0 or omnibus-gitlab 7.2.1 on Ubuntu or Debian should upgrade to omnibus-gitlab 7.2.2 and run the following two commands.

# Change ownership of all omnibus-gitlab packaged files to root:root
sudo sh -c 'dpkg-query -L gitlab | while read f; do chown root:root "$f"; done'

# Restore gitlab-specific permissions
sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure

The two commands above can also be used as a workaround for users who cannot upgrade immediately.

Hooks migration script

In GitLab 7.3 we are changing the git repository hooks that GitLab creates in each Git repository to improve performance for Git pushes with many branches. To achieve this change, the set of migrations for GitLab 7.3 contains one migration that will loop through all Git repositories managed by GitLab and update the hooks directory to become a symlink to gitlab-shell's hooks directory. On GitLab servers with many repositories this may take a long time.

To avoid long downtime on very large GitLab installations, we came up with a workaround to perform the hooks migration without downtime prior to upgrading to GitLab 7.3. This workaround is optional; if you skip it your hooks will get upgraded automatically when you upgrade to 7.3. If your GitLab server has less than 1000 repositories the steps below are not worth the hassle.

After upgrading to 7.2.2 (and on Ubuntu/Debian, running the two commands above), you can perform the hooks migration online with the following rake task.

# Omnibus installations: note that you will be prompted to do a cp command
sudo gitlab-rake gitlab:migrate:shell_hooks

# Installations from source / cookbook-gitlab:
cd /home/git/gitlab
sudo -u git -H bundle exec rake gitlab:migrate:shell_hooks RAILS_ENV=production


Omnibus-gitlab packages for GitLab 7.2.2 are now available. To upgrade an installation from source please use the upgrader or the patch update guide.

Update 2014-09-22 13:57 CEST: added link to Chef blog post.

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